Jul 2, 2018

By the numbers: Trump's White House has unprecedented staff turnover

President Trump sits in the Oval Office in January 2017. The only people in this photo who still work at the White House are Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Every president loses top staff during their first year in office, but an AP analysis of the latest White House filings has found that 37% of President Trump's staffers who worked in the 12-month period ending June 30 are now gone — a record for any president.

The big picture: As Axios Mike Allen reported last October, the massive staff exodus is "the biggest threat to the Trump presidency."

By the numbers:

  •  141 staffers who worked in the White House as of June 30 of last year have left.
  • 138 employees have been hired since then.
  • 61% of Trump’s senior-most aides have departed.
  • At 42%, Bill Clinton is the only president in the last five administrations to have similar senior-staff turnover rate, reports the AP.

Take note: The analysis didn't take into account staffers who arrived and exited during that yearlong period, such as former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who lasted less than two weeks.

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  3. Business updates: Very small businesses are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus job crisis.
  4. World update: Spain’s confirmed cases surpassed 100,000, and the nation saw its biggest daily death toll so far. More than 500 people were reported dead within the last 24 hours in the U.K., per Johns Hopkins.
  5. State updates: Florida and Pennsylvania are the latest states to issue stay-at-home orders — Michigan has more than 9,000 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,200 and 78 new deaths in 24 hours.
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World coronavirus updates: Spain's health care system overloaded

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

Two planes with protective equipment arrived to restock Spain’s overloaded public health system on Wednesday as confirmed cases surpassed 100,000 and the nation saw its biggest death toll so far, Reuters reports.

The big picture: COVID-19 cases surged past 900,000 and the global death toll surpassed 45,000 early Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy has reported more than 12,000 deaths.

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